Yes guys finally we have decided to sell the Safari and go for a brand new car replacing it. Since its going to replace the Safari , it has got to be comfortable and spacious in highways runs too.
Your Budget- I would say a floating budget between 15-25Lakhs. If we find any car which suits our needs then we are happy to pick it.
Top 5 Priorities- Comfort and Safety(dad's requirement)
Features , decent FE , good boot space and not so expensive maintenance(my requirement)
Monthly Running-Approx 1000km a month
For Which Purpose- Daily commuting to construction sites( poor roads) , Long trips too!
Max. Seating Capacity-4
Priority of Fuel Type- Strictly diesel and MT!
Body Type- SUV(dad's choice) Sedan(my choice).
As you can see me and my dad have different requirements but our common requirements are comfort( remember all of us in our family are tall) , safety( by safety means a sturdy body unlike Innova's wafer thin body).
Cars Considered(my choices):
1. VW Jetta
My dad's choices:
Here are a list of cars i rejected:
1.Toyota Fortuner- Huge waiting period and interiors and features not very impressive for a car worth that price.
2.Corolla Altis Diesel- I liked the car but its not comfortable enough for a tall guy like me.
3.Skoda Laura- Actually i loved everything about the car except for Skoda's poor reputation in A.S.S and a noisy engine! My dad also rejected as its a Skoda!
4.Skoda Superb- Excellent car but no MT! We want only MT! And also again no Skoda from my dad!
5.Chevy Cruze- I loved the looks of this car and the upmarket interiors. The front seats are very comfortable but the back seats are pretty cramped just like my Verna , ruled out!
6. Nissan Teana- No petrol mill , i loved the car actually! It was so comfortable even for a tall guy like me.
7.Ford Endeavour- Again the 3.0L engine is having only AT. But actually i din like the car at all!
And now i will tell the reason for shortlisting the above cars:
1. Nissan X-trail: Quite a gem of a car. I had a chat with Zinam regarding my dilemma and he only suggested me check out the X-trail too! The reception was good from the dealer and we were offered a TD immediately! As we got only an AT for TD i din drive it as i was not familiar driving an AT and din want to risk it. The suspension was great and the engine was ultra-smooth and refined! It had sun-roof and 6 airbags! The driver who drove the car floored the pedal in an empty stretch and the needle was above 120kmph in no time!
Now the only problem is Nissan's service back-up and at 29lakhs OTR for the top-end model its exceeding our budget slightly. My dad is ready to pay the extra amount too but am worried about the service back-up and am not too impressed about the looks of the X-Trail!
2.Chevy Captiva- This car retailing around the same price of the fortuner has extra features and also has upmarket interiors when compared to the Fortuner. But again GM'S service back-up is questionable here. The OTR pricing is around 24Lakhs for the new Captiva Xtreme which comes with Sun-roof too!
3.VW Jetta- Now this is one am car in love from the first time i checked it out! Has got upmarket interiors and the features and specs list also is impressive! The boot space is also adequate and it seats even a tall guy like me at the rear pretty comfortably! Had a TD yesterday night in the highways and i was like WOW after the TD! The suspension was like a water-bed and the pick-up and speed was excellent. In no time i reached 120kmph without straining the engine at all! There is that initial turbo-lag at the lower RPM'S like all diesels but once past that the car just zooms away.
The 16" alloy wheels provided adequate grip and i cornered even at 120kmph and i was surprised to see the car going strong! The steering response is good even at high speeds. And this engine is better refined than the Laura even at high speeds. And the GC at 155mm is pretty decent!
And at almost 19Lakhs OTR it is the cheapest of the lot and looks to satisfy all our requirements.
So i guess you must have found out that am bowled over by the Jetta and we are looking forward to it.
But now i don want to hurry. My questions are:
1.What about the re-sale value of Jetta being a VW?
2. What about VW'S service back-up?
3.Are the spares of VW costly? We are ready to pay a periodic maintenance bill of around 9-10k for every 15k kms!
4.What about the FE of the Jetta? Is it decent enough?
5. And finally when is the new Jetta expected next year? Will this further lower the re-sale value?
My other question is , is there any other car which is expected to be launched soon which fits my requirements and budget? I can wait sometime but as people say" MAKE HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES" am not ready to wait too long as i want to buy a car when my dad is in the mood! I can wait maximum of maybe 2-3 months!
So guys is the Jetta really worth it? Or is there any problem with the Jetta or VW in general? Or is it worth waiting for some other car to be launched?
And about the availability of the Authorized service centers we have TATA , Hyundai ,Ford ,Skoda , Toyota , Maruti , Nissan , Mercedes and VW all within a radius of 5km from my home!
Looking forward to your suggestions and answers guys!